THE DISCOVERY OF GOLD AT
A letter written many years ago by Mr. R. Grice, to supply information to Dr. Pounds, late coroner at Sandhurst, is now in the hands of a Sandhurst gentleman. The letter
"James (Mr. James Grice) tells me that Dr. Pounds wants to know the origin of the name of Bendigo. Tell him it was named by Tom Myers (Heap and Grice's overseer) about 1841. Tom himself was a bit of a dab with his fists, and a great admirer of the boxer Bendigo. Hence the name—(Signed) R.
This letter seems to dispose of the conten- tion that the name of Bendigo arose through a contraction and corruption of the name
Mr. D. Moorhead, referring to Mr. Sand- rach's narrative in The Argus, writes:—"Mr. Sandrach was in error when he stated that it was the night after or a few nights after Mr. Frencham spoke about the license grievance that the agitation took place. It was fully two months after our arrival when this occurred. Captain Dana, the then commis- sioner, if still living, can bear me out in this. I met him a few years back in the Exchange. Mr. Braithwaite, hotel proprietor, of Lauris- ton, could also support this."